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THE MONTANA SMELTING COMPANY'S WORKS.
I OCATED just four and a half miles from the city £ of Great Falls are the newly completed works of th;- Montana Smelting company. The tract of land owned by the company is 250 acres in area, and lies on the bank of the river. The company, which is a powerful organization, is incorporated under the laws of Montana, with a capital stock of $1,500,000. The stockholders are A. Eilcr, W. S. Gurnee, II. C. Cooper, Abram S. Hewitt and Edward Cooper of New York and II. VV. Childs of Montana. Mr. Eiler is president, Mr. Gurnee treasurer, Mr. II. C. Cooper secretary, and Mr. II. VV. Childs the general manager. The inten tion of the company is to build the most complete works of the kind in the country, and with that end in view the grounds were surveyed, graded and laid «nit to accommodate a plant to comprise four sections, only one of which has been completed, but the description of which will convey an idea of the magnitude of the en terprise when the original design shall been carried out. The Manitoba railroad has built a branch road to the smelter, and it has been operated for some time. Less than ten months ago work was began upon the build ings, anil at that time all of the material had to be teamed, yet, when one is told this, and looks at the im mense piles of brick, anil mortar, and iron, he is natur ally incredulous. Upon entering the grounds of the company the first building met is the residence of the manager, which is one of the handsomest houses in Montana. It is of brick, three-story and basement, of modern architecture, with towers, tenets, bay windows, a fine portico and other ornamental additions. The in terior is commodious and well arranged. It is heated with steam and supplied with hot and cold water throughout. The finishings are of hard wood and tile place is supplied with all the mordern conveniences. I he office is of brick, three stories high, anil is especi ally adapted for its purposes. It contains a large fire and burglar proof vault, the trimmings of hard wood, the furniture in keeping with the establishment, and the employes courteous and capable. The assay office is a two-story brick, of good size and completely fitted up for the purpose. A neat two-story cottage is used by the weighmaster as a residence. The engine house is a brick building, 60x204 feet, with iron trusses and corrugated iron roof and is fire proof. It contains two 150-horse power engines, built for the company by the Da\ enport Foundry and Machine company, Davenport,. Iowa ; also the powerful dynamo that supplies the electric fight of the smelter. There arc five boilers, of 75-horse power each. The machine shop is complete in its appointments, and has for some time been kept busy. The blast house is 100x168, and contains three of the largest sized Maker blowers and five Steele jacket furnaces. These all blow into a flue 486 feet long and 12 feet wide, which is a valuable im provement, as much material is thus saved that would otherwise be wasted. This flue leads into the dust chamber 26x100 feet, thence into the main stack 153 feet high, 32 feet in diameter at the base and 12 feet inside diameter at the top. The process used is the or dinary one for the treatment of galena-silver ores. Five new furnaces will be added at an early day to the five already built. The roasting house is 150x386, and from the outside looks as though it were as large as Noah's ark. It contains 10 roasting furnaces and 10 fusing furnaces each, 50 feet long and 20 wide. From these the fumes are led through a long flue to the large dust chamber and thence to the roaster stack, which is 130 feet high and 10 feet in diameter inside. The dimen sions of the sampling works are 100x100. It is fitted with three ore crushers and three sets of large Cornish rolls. The engine is 160-horse power, the fly-wheel of which is 14 feet in diameter and weighs 13,000 pounds. The ore bins are 40 in number, and have a capacity for storing 10,000 tons. There are also four coke bins, Conncllsville coke being used. The smelter, in its present condition, is capable of working 250 tons of ore per day. The water service is one of the features of the plant. It is taken from the Giant spring, of which mention is made elsewhere, is conducted some 1,200 feet by canal and then pumped through a 6-inch pipe 3,500 feet into a large reservoir, constructed 145 feet above the spring on the grounds of the company. Thence it is conducted back into pipn to the several buildings and throughout the grounds. This supply furnishes enough water to run all the machinery, but it is at pre sent only used to a limited extent. The arrangements for the suppression of a fire, should one occur, are am ple and complete, the fittings, hydrants and hose being the best that could be procured. The ores that arc at present being treated are from the Cœur d'Alene mines, Butte and Helena and the several mining districts surrounding the two last named places. The Montana Central will, next spring, build a line of road to the Melt mountain country, in which are the famous districts of Neihart and Barker. They arc less than 65 miles distant, are of approved value, as will be seen by a description of the ores of that section given in another column. The present policy of the company is to make extensive samples and then pur chase the ore at the best market rate instead of doing custom work. When the works are fairlv under way the management expect to keep them going to their full capacity. In addition to Mr. Childs, the manager, the following gentlemen fill responsible positions: Rob ert Sticht, mcttalurgist ; V. Laubenheimer, accountant, and John C. Bansewer, chief engineer. Great Falls may well feel proud of the great smelting plant. The company, after January 1, 1889, will buy